"the rock!" Alcatraz Tip by mindcrime
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Although, the Alcatraz island was at first place a base for a lighthouse and the a military fortification it became famous because of the federal prison on it and the claim that it is an inescapable fortess. The prison closed down in 1963. Alcatraz island always reminds me that classic movie Escape From Alcatraz (1979) starring Clint Eastwood. The prison held famous criminals behind the walls (Al Capone was one of them) and the myth (?) claims that no one ever escaped (alive). Even, those three on the escape of 1962 lost at sea and never found, offially they died because of the cold waters, but who really knows? I have to admit that because of the movie I think they made it :)
The Spanish word Alcatraz means pelican, probably the island was full of them when Juan de Ayala discovered the island back in 1775.
Many people refer to it as The Rock and you can see it from many places in San Francisco as it is located in San Francisco bay just 2.4km offshore from SF. You can visit the island by ferry from Pier 33, don?t forget to book your tickets in advance because they go sold out easily. The day tours costs about $26 while the night tour goes up to $33 (web prices). The audio tour was interesting with voices of ex-guards and ex-prisoners of that era (I hope it?s true). You just walk around on your own, don?t forget to take pics of San Francisco city, we had the sun at the background so we could take good ones, I wish we had taken the night tour, a friend told me the city looks great at evening.
The abandoned prison, the first lighthouse in the west coast and early military buildings are some of the sites you can see here. What I didn?t know was the Native American occupation that took place in 1969 and lasted for two years. The native Americans claimed Alcatraz island because the Sioux treaty of 1868 stated that all abandoned federal land adjacent to the Sioux reservation could be reclaimed back!
Address: In the middle of San Fracisco Bay
Directions: Alcatraz is reached by ferries of the Blue and Gold fleet from Pier 41
Phone: Blue & Gold (415) 705-5555
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